Chelsea have a lot of players on loan. In fact a quick glance at Vitesse Arnhem and you would be mistaken for thinking they have been rebranded a Blues’ reserve team. But that is not a criticism, merely a reminder that for all the players Jose Mourinho has at his disposal, he also has a whole host of young talent currently featuring elsewhere.
While Chelsea are likely to spend again this summer – with a striker surely their priority – some of the current loanees could also return to Stamford Bridge.
Here are three we think deserve a chance when the next campaign kicks off.
This may not go down well with fans of Petr Cech, but Mourinho must surely give Thibaut Courtois the Chelsea gloves before they lose one of Europe’s best young goalkeepers forever. It could be argued that Cech still has years ahead of him, but not as many as Courtois, who at only 21 could excel between the sticks for the next two decades.
The Belgian has been outstanding for Atletico Madrid, and the Spanish side are unsurprisingly keen to sign him permanently. So Chelsea have a huge decision to make between two of the best in their position currently playing the game. If Mourinho has the long-term future of Chelsea in mind, surely he must make Courtois his number 1.
Of all the players currently on loan at Vitesse, Piazon has been the most impressive. The striker-cum-left-winger has 11 goals and eight assists in 21 Eredivisie matches this season. And while he is currently going through something of a barren spell – without a strike in his last five – the 20-year-old deserves a shot at the Chelsea first-team.
He will not start many games should he return, but he has the talent and the confidence to make the difference from the bench. And given the amount of games Chelsea will be involved in next year, chances will come his way.
Some would say Romelu Lukaku should not be on loan this season, and I would be firmly in that camp. First at West Bromwich Albion and now at Everton the imposing Belgian has shown just what a devastating goal-scorer he can be. Surely Mourinho will recall him next season, regardless of whether or not he brings in another front-man.
With Samuel Eto’o set to leave, and questions remaining over the long-term future of both Demba Ba and Fernando Torres, there is room for Lukaku in the Chelsea of next season; or at least there should be.
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